Academy for Community Entrepreneurs (ACE) instills the foundations of successful entrepreneur development including strategic business planning, marketing, and resource management. ACE is a Central Community House initiative to help budding or existing entrepreneurs overcome the challenges to small business success. It is a collaborative endeavor, bringing together the best industry experts Columbus has to offer.


Entrepreneurship courses will be taught by Deonna Barnett of Aventi Enterprises. Susan Colbert of the OSU Extension will teach money management modules. Creative industry networking and expertise will be offered by Central’s Jackie Calderone, Director of Transit Arts. Access to capital resources will be provided by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI).¬†

ACE Orientations*

All ACE orientations are being conducted online via Zoom. Sign up here for an upcoming orientation.

Upcoming ACE Orientation Dates

  • Tuesday, November 10th | 6:15 – 7:15 PM
  • Tuesday, December 8th | 6:15 – 7:15 PM

Class Offerings

  • TBD


Business Planning Cohorts


Recognition Ceremonies (Cohort 1 & 2)

Thursday, November 12th | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

For more information contact: or (614) 560-1705